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Cablegate: Mexico Requests Usg Support for Candidacy to The

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FM AMEMBASSY MEXICO
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INFO RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 1159
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 0360

UNCLAS MEXICO 003011

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL UN MX
SUBJECT: MEXICO REQUESTS USG SUPPORT FOR CANDIDACY TO THE
INTER-AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR COOPERATION ON AGRICULTURE

1. Mexico's Foreign Secretariat (SRE), per diplomatic note
004835 dated September 14, 2009, announced its decision to
propose Dr. Victor Manuel Villalobos Arambula for Director
General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on
Agriculture (AICA) for the 2010-2014 term in elections to be
held by the American Board of Agriculture Ministers (ABAM),
October 25, 2009 in Jamaica. Mexico seeks U.S. support for
Villalobos' candidacy.

2. In the document attached to the note, Mexico provides
background information on Villalobos. He obtained a
Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Engineering from the
National School of Agriculture, a Master's in Science Plant
Genetics from the Post-Graduate School at Chapingo, Mexico,
and a Doctorate in Plant Morphogenesis from the University of
Calgary in Canada. As a researcher, he encouraged the use of
agricultural biotechnology as a tool for production. He has
also been an instructor at the Autonomous University of
Chapingo. Villalobos has received numerous international
awards and is a member of the
Royal Agricultural Board.

3. Action Request: Embassy requests Department guidance on
responding to Mexico's appeal for support.
Visit Mexico City's Classified Web Site at
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/wha/mexicocity and the North American
Partnership Blog at http://www.intelink.gov/communities/state/nap /
PASCUAL

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